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. >>> senate majority leader harry reid said he has the votes to pass the $2 billion cash for clunkers voucher. it gives drivers financial incentives for trade anything gas-guzzling vehicles. mcconnell predicts the passage as well. >>> in iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad was sworn as the country's president for a second term. meanwhile, a top iranian lawmaker says they are to bring spy charges against three americans. >>> a panel of feder judges is ordering the california prison system to slash its inmate population by 27%. about 40,000 inmates within two years. they say it's the only way to change what they call an unconstitutional priso health care system that causes one unnecessary death each week. >>> new satellite imagery shows the amazon rain forest in june was four times worse than just a month before. 223 square miles were lost, an area about half the size of los angeles. >>> and in israel, tourists captured incredible video of horses running with a car. fortunately the vehicle slowed down before the impact. both the driver and the horse escaped with minor injuries. >>> and now here's an earl
the democratic party and against barack obama, read and as a policy. -- harry reid and nancy pelosi. we dodged one bullet when we did not go home. they told us to leave and we said no. we got organized with the two parties on april 15 and july 4 and the august revolt. every year, they write that something interesting happens in august. this is what happened. we happened. [applause] there is another mistake but we have avoided. that is that we have avoided the mistake that we made in 1996 and 1998 when we focused too much on bill clinton and his personal failings. bill clinton was a threat to the country because of the taxes and spending in the regulations that he supported an he more clearly supports now -- that he supported them and the more clearly supports now. -- that he supported then and keep more clearly supports now. this time around, we are focused with nancy pelosi and harry reid and those democrats in the house that are voting for higher taxes on energy. yes, barack obama is the guy who signs the bills at the end of the day. he is almost irrelevant. the damage is done by nancy pelos
city beach patrol. the surf is up. good morning, washington. >>> welcome back. 6:11. harry reid is predicting swift approval of an extension of the cash for clunkers program. it is running out of money. coress is considering $2 billion more in funding. some local dealers say their inventory is down to just a few vehicles. >>> 6:12. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> adam caskey is down on the alexandria waterfront. is the best time of the day to be down there. >> that is true. ♪ happy birthday to you i will quit singing. happy birthday. >> thank you for stops ringing. >> here is a look at the potomac. there are a lot of ducks out here. i wish i had my fishing sticks with me. it is a warm start to the day. 77reeseg here at founders park in oldse sound o und old- -in . other temperatures are mainly in the low 70's locally. frederick at 68. culpeper, 63. limited sunshine. 50% chance of sunshine. scattered storms. possible down toward -- possible downpours into the evening hours. well into the 90's this weekend. now we check on the commute. >> we are rolling a
. majority leader harry reid says he has the votes now to extend the recent program which is designed to get gas guzzlers off the road. >>> studies show you are a lot more likely to crash your vehicle on a cell phone. the obama administration says drivers need to wise up when they are behind the wheel. so next month the transportation secretary will convene a summit on distracted driving. >> we need to put an end to unsafe cell phone use, typing on blackberries and other activities that require drivers to take their eyes off the reasoned their focus away from driving. >>> a new virginia tech study found that drivers are six times more likely to crash if they are dialing a cell phone and a study by car and driver magazine found that texting and driving is more dangerous than drunken driving. >> however, drunk driving is still a huge killer in this country and tonight police say that was the cause of last week's deadly crash on a new york highway. a woman who drove the wrong way had been smoking marijuana, was very drunk and even had a bottle of vodka in the car. the crash killed that driver,
. tonight, jillian tete, chris andersen, and senate majority leader harry reid. at 1:00 p.m. eastern, c-span2 live with a discussion of the massachusetts health care plan and how it might work nationally. iran corp. analyst has analyzed the plan. and pres. barack obama has explained his plan for military commitment in iraq and afghanistan. he will be in phoenix. we will have live coverage at 2:00 p.m. eastern. administration officials say he will also thank veterans for their service, but no word on whether he will mention health care after media reports today that the administration may change exposition on the government health insurance program. "washington journal" looked at that issue this morning. guest now is jim martin, the founder of the 60 plus association here to talk to us about older americans that health care. when is your group's position on the bills that are out there right now? guest: the proposals that have been put forth, we say first, do no harm. let's not take a wrecking ball to a system that works very well for seniors. we say, do not throw the baby out with the b
who will vote for a republican speaker of the house, the other will vote for harry reid or nancy pelosi. those are two critically important votes. regardless of how the vote on everything else, one guy will vote one way and the other will vote the other. who would you prefer they vote for? it is not a game of purity anymore. i wish she could become a but it is not. it is a game of evils of to lesers. >> i am concerned about what will be happening with the census. apparently this sense is now is going to be under the control of the white house. they are hiring all these people from a corn to be census takers. there was an article in "the wall street journal" that talked about how there is a question of them counting illegal immigrants in the census. i wonder how this will affect elections going forward. and if there is anything we can do about it. >> my understanding is there are some compelling laws that even the white house will have to comply with that. they were not able to pull it from the commerce department. under white house -- next door in the room there are 5000. that is
wearing swastikas. harry reid and then called them on american. -- harry reid then called them un-american. bill: chairman of the republican senate group joins us this morning, your reaction? >> petrilli disappointing and very sad. in fact -- >> it really disappointing and very sad. in fact, democrats in the house were told not to talk on this issue. we were not allowed to send information to our constituents. if anyone is drowning out opposing views, it is the democratic leadership. the real issue is what is in the bill. it is not what the american people want. that is why they are voicing their american concerns. there is nothing on american about voicing -- uun-american for -- there is nothing un- american about voicing concerns. bill: it goes on further. "health care is complex and touches every american. people must be allowed to learn the facts. do you think that the people know what is in that bill? >> i do not believe so. but if the american people had not been speaking out loudly to slow this process down, the bill would have already passed the house. the speaker said tha
majority leader harry reid warned his colleagues they might have to work into their scheduled summer vacation if they don't act before the weekend. so you can bet they will act before the weekend. but even as the program is helping folks in the market for a new car, it appears to be hurting certain charities. you have seen their ads in the newspaper, the ones asking for you to donate your old car. turns out cash for clunkers is a little bit more popular than a tax write-off for clunkers. adam housley is in sun valley, california, with more on that tonight. adam, how much are charities losing? >> shepard, in some cases, 30%, 40%. here at rightway charities in sun valley, a car like this might get $400 in an auction. it will auction off 20 or so cars like this a week. pretty good money going to the local boys and girls clubs and other charities in the area. now they are saying down 30% to 40%. their numbers are dropping significantly which means less money to some of these charities. shepard? shepard: i'm curious about what the specific difference is between cashing in your car and don
already ran through the original $1 billion. senate majority leader harry reid says the bill to spend $2 billion more on the program will likely pass the senate before friday. the house has already approved that bill to allow the extra funding. >>> iran onian officials are deciding whether to charge three americans with spying. friends claim the trio was simply hiking to a filmous water fall in iraq when they accidentally crossed the unmarked border with iran. secretary of state hillary clinton has call for their release. >>> the panel that investigated the virginia tech miscare will not take another look at the case. governor tim kaine received dozens of letters from survivors an victim' families asking the panel to come together again but on monday, the governor informed them that edmonton not reconvene the panel. their request followed the discovery of the gunman's medical records last month. kaine says there are still many families who do not want to reopen the case. he says that he will accept any factual corrections that need to be made to the panel's initial report. >>> a local ho
the program alive, but harry reid says he's confident it will pass. the program has allowed about a quarter million americans to buy new cars in a down economy. >>> it's an "american idol" shocker. paula abdul is gone. the singer says she decided not to return next year. she made the announcement on her twitter page last night. that has people buzzing today. abdul has been a judge for the singing contest since it began eight seasons ago. in july she had said that she'd been invited to stay with "american idol" as long as the show lasted and she was optimistic about negotiating a new contract. >>> coming soon to a theater near you, a full-length motion picture filled with footage of michael jackson's last rehearsals, only if a los angeles probate judge approves the deal by monday. last month aeg's ceo randy phillips revealed the company had more than 100 hours of footage preparations for jackson's series of 50 comeback concerts scheduled in london. it could generate much needed money for jackson's debt ridden estate. >>> this is called offender locator and producing users with a list of sex
in taking down the senate majority leader harry reid. the two will head the dump harry reid political action committee. although none of the top republican town declared it their intention, there strategy is to challenge -- and their strategy is to challenge mr. reid. you may have seen some of this video. angry protesters shouting and democrats over the weekend, only and leaving them one hope of getting the message out. in texas, one official was drowned out by a noisy demonstrators has he tried to talk about health care reform. we have our first phone call on the republican line. caller: cash for clunkers, if anyone thinks that the democrat party is for the so-called working man, i think this is proof positive that they are more interested in money than they are their constituents. also, about this trip of bill clinton to north korea, they were going to send a delivery -- hillary along to accompany him, but they were afraid they were going to take on too much sniper fire. you know how that goes. host: good morning. if you want to give us a call, republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737
to vote today or tomorrow on pumping another $2 billion into the program. majority leader harry reid said it will pass. >> cash for clunkers, we'll pass cash for clunkers. >> when will you do that? >> before we leave here. >> you think ask you the votes for it? >> yes. >> cash for clunkers would eventually perhaps end friday. republican leaders say they will not block this vote. >>> a quebec dad said he's sorry, sort of, for letting his 7-year-old son drive the family car with the rest of the family in the back seat. the father insists nobody was ever in danger. this is video shot from two years ago, but just arrived on youtube and it's a huge hit. the boy is seen driving on a rural road and it's obviously in the rain. there are the wipers going. the father said he was proud of his boy, he put it on the web to impress his friends, but a lot of outrage. police in quebec are investigating. >>> u.s. military is updating its facebook status. drafting new policy on facebook, myspace and twitter. they have banned networking sites, though they allow troops to access them from their own personal
] >> a vote for cloture it is a procedural vote and i would suspect to support senator harry reid on a bill he wants to bring up to cut off debate on a motion to proceed so the issue can be taken up. that was illustrated when there were 49 republican senators a couple of years ago, and employees free choice act came out, i was the sole republican who voted for cloture so we could take of the bill. it was not to say that i was for the bill, because i am for the principles of a union certification and first contract, but that is an illustration on a procedural issue where i would vote to take up the bill. i think the legislation ought to be considered by the senate. i am not saying there might not be an extreme case where there was a first amendment issue, or if somebody wanted to cut back on the way i supported hate crimes legislation, or the way i have supported fairness and equality for gays, that i might not if there is a constitutional issue. but i expect to be a book to support cloture. -- i expect to be able to support cloture. >> next question? >> senator specter, i am a constituent of y
this process and that will end up with what harry reid, the democrat said a few days ago, we will get something but it may not be until the end of the year. >> yeah. the prevailing wisdom, i'm glad you brought that up, the president and democrats will get something even if it doesn't amount to a fig leaf, the stakes are too high. congressional democrats understand their political fortunes rise and fall with that of the president. we started out talking about the poll. there's probably a lot more concern among democrats in the house of representatives about those polls than there is at the white house simply because they have to run every two years and they are up again next year. i think when you look at some of the options that are on the table, it's hard to see how they are going to reconcile with the senate, the direction they are going in and the direction the house is going in in terms of public option and major components of this. it's a fig leaf at the end of the year. i don't think that works for democrats to be honest with you. >> mike, i appreciate it. in fact you set up my next conve
of cash tomorrow. senate majority leader harry reid says democrats have enough votes to assure the measure. the obama administration says the money will fund an additional 500,000 new car sales. the house passed the bill last week. >>> a ground and air search is over now in arlington. police got a call about a car break-in just before 4:00 this morning. when officers arrived five people jumped out of one car. they headed toward arlington national cemetery. cops caught one of them. four others were detain add short time later. -- detained a short time later. all of the suspects are minor. >>> not something you would expect to see just walking down the street in a city. a d.c. woman snapped this photo of a copper head snake. we'll show you that photo in just a little bit. oh, it's behind me. moments after it bit her. there it is. while walking her dog. >> here's the kicker to this story. it's not the only snake attack that people are reporting in this neighborhood. john henrehan has the details of snakes in the city. >> reporter: last wednesday evening angela bradford was walking her dog in
senator harry reid is calling detisnation discrimination. in reno, nevada, claudia cowen, fox news. >>> a warning tonight about a new computer threat making its way across the web. it is a computer worm caused clampy. it targets online financial transactions. the worm tries to steal user names and passwords for personal accounts which it uses to attack banks and companies that sell prowcts line. though claspi is not a new threat the virus appears to be gaining strength. 4500 web sites and hundreds of thousands of computers in 70 countries have been affected. you should know that most anti- virus programs can block the virus. >>> amazon.com is being sued for deleting ebooks from its customers. the company remotely removed copies of the george orwell novel "1984" and "animal farm" after finding out they were pirated. amazon automatically issued refunds, but the lawsuit claims amazon never told its customer its had the able or right to delete ebooks. >>> sticking with computers now, google users have access to tons of information with just a few keywords and a click of a mouse. what w
back and his comments? guest: i think he was spot on. we have harry reid, the senate majority leader, calling the protesters going to these town halls evil-mongers. we have nancy pelosi saying that they are dressed as the nazis and using not he-like tactics to silence people. -- nazi-like tactics. if you go on craigslist on the classified as a new type in obama or reform in most major metropolitan areas under the subsection, you will find the csiu and you will find people being paid $16 per hour to go to these town hall meetings. i don't know if anyone on the right is being paid to show up in this town hall meetings but i guess that you have to be financed by george soros to be a real act of desperation host: host: this caller asks for one republican who is promoting fairness guest: \ guest: many people have suggested and john kerry said he would like to see it come back in place. the democrats are not legislating desperate they are appointed people to the fcc, the body that impose the fairness doctrine that will start to do this again. we're starting to see it, setting local standar
vilified as a un-american or evil-mongers which harry reid said a few days ago. when you hear all the attacks and demeaning you and me the activities we are undertaking on behalf of freedom, take heart because the american public is looking at the other side's attacks on us and they are looking at their preposterous stands on this issue. their statements on the issue. they are siding with us. americans are about common sense and they get when their freedoms are its stake and they stand up and fight when -- for those freedoms and your in the vanguard. i am encouraged by the poll numbers. i want to take a moment and tell you about americans for prosperity and americans for prosperity foundation. it started four and a half years ago. it was an idea that asked a question. we know that whenever there is a budget fight or tax battle, whether in washington or state capital, we know there are going to be people on the big government side. you always see that. maybe that is the public employee union standing up and saying we need the money for this government service. maybe it is for the r
going home for the august recess. harry reid says he wants to educate members on the bill that has already been passed by one senate committee and another bill that is going through another senate committee. he wants to educate them so that when they go home, they will know what they are talking about. he also agreed to address these heated discussions that have been going on at town hall of dance. >> the american people want health care reform, and we are going to do that. in spite of theç loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings, throwing a monkey wrench into everything, we are going to continue to be positive and work hard. >> the senate finance committee is trying to wrap up that bill before they go home and the gang of six will continue their negotiations. they hope to have a bill done before they go home as well. jane: what do the poll numbers look like for how americans think about this plan? >> there is a new poll that talks about health care. it asked respondents, turning to the issue of health care, from what you have heard about president obama's plan
, at least according to these studies. very quickly, cash for clunkers. harry reid says there's going to be another couple billion dollars in the pipeline. that's what he believes anyhow. there is a problem with inventory. from your perspective, do you think that has worked? and should it continue? >> it's a wildly popular program, harry. it's worked very well. in about eight or ten days the government has proved we can get money out the door and sell almost 160,000 cars and push about $600 million out the door in order to do it. this is a huge boost for the economy. so we have proven that government can get it done. i know there's a car plant that's going to be opening up i think in ohio or already has. we think it's going to create -- >> ray lahood, thank you so much. we'll be right back. >> thank you. >>> this portion of the "early show" sponsored by lendingtree.com. control your financial destiny. get started at the all-new lendingtree.com. (announcer) introducing smoothies from sunnyd ! as much calcium and vitamin d as milk, and so creamy smooth and bold, they'
extension needed to keep the program alive, but senate majority leader harry reid announced he is confident it will pass. >> cash for clunkers, we'll pass cash for clunkers. >> when will you do that? >> before we leave here. >> what are we going to do when the $2 billion runs snout are we going to spend another $5 billion? are we in the car business at the retail level forever? >> mitch mcconnell says his party won't block a vote and the matter will be completed. >>> happening today, president obama is headed to indiana where he'll announce a manufacturing grant to talk about his efforts to get the economy back on track. elkhart's unemployment rose to the highest level in the nation. this will be mr. obama's third visit to the area. >>> president obama celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday. he celebrated with this impressive cake there including the presidential seal, but he also had a trick up his sleeve. he surprised helen thomas who turned 89 and shares a birthday with him. she was serenaded with happy birthday. >> it is hard to believe she is 89. >> she's been around for a long time an
right, rick. let's talk a little bit about cash for clunkers. harry reid after a lunch he had yesterday with the president of the united states who was trying to rally support for health care, harry reid came out and said, you know, we've got the votes, we've got 60 votes and we will probably add $2 billion more before the senators head out. a lot of people have been talking about whether or not this made good sense, gave up to $4,500 for these clunkers. now there is news -- i kind of mentioned this yesterday. caulking to one of my car -- talking to one of my car dealer friends. that four of the top five cars that people are buying are made by foreign automakers. gretchen: yeah. as i mentioned, friends are in the car business. look at this list. number one, ford focus, number two, toyota corp corolla, honda civic, toyota prius, toyota camry. so had this whole cash for clunkers -- sorry, i can't say it without laughing. has it benefited foreign automakers when the whole point many of these foreign manufactured cars are actually manufactured in the united states in many different states a
continued to clash with opposition groups in the streets. and senate majority leader harry reid says he now has the votes needed to pasch the cash for clunkers measure despite worries about the legislation, top republicans also say the incentive will likely be extended. >> back to the north korean story let's read what dowd wrote in "the new york times" this morning. let the big dog run. despite actually i've got -- all right. i was looking at another part of the op-ed we have numbered as "i." despite decades of bipartisan rhetoric about not negotiating with terrorists john bolton wrote it seems the obama administration has chosen not only to negotiate but to send a former president to do so. but, and this is erin's point, bill clinton will bring back valuable information about kim's mental and physical health and she says if we had that information about saddam we would have known he was trying to bluff his neighbors and no need for our shock and awe. >> why do they do it now, to the point maureen made about bill upstaging hillary? i mean, hillary is doing a major african tour, it's the fo
-american or evil-mongers which harry reid said a few days ago. when you hear all the attacks and demeaning you and me the activities we are undertaking on behalf of freedom, take heart because the american public is looking at the other side's attacks on us and they are looking at their preposterous stands on this issue. their statements on the issue. they are siding with us. americans are about common sense and they get when their freedoms are its stake and they stand up and fight when -- for those freedoms and your in the vanguard. i am encouraged by the poll numbers. i want to take a moment and tell you about americans for prosperity and americans for prosperity foundation. it started four and a half years ago. it was an idea that asked a question. we know that whenever there is a budget fight or tax battle, whether in washington or state capital, we know there are going to be people on the big government side. you always see that. maybe that is the public employee union standing up and saying we need the money for this government service. maybe it is for the radical environmentalists sayin
for harry reid or nancy pelosi. those are two very critically important votes. regardless of how they vote on anything else, one guy will vote one way and the other will vote the other. who would you prefer they vote for? it is not a game of purity anymore. i wish it could be but it is not. it is a game of the evils of to loesser's. you have to pick the lesser evil of the two. >> thank you. >> i am very concerned about what will be happening with the census. apparently the census will be under the control of the white house. they are hiring all these people from a corn to be census takers. there was an article in the wall street journal that talked about there is a question of them counting illegal immigrants in the census. i wonder how this will if -- affect elections going forward and if there's a thing we can do about it? i assume it will affected not in our favor. >> my understanding is that there is some compelling laws that even the white house will have to comply with on that. that they were not able to pull it from the commerce program. let's not kid ourselves. they will still cont
by friday, the money now available runs dry. senate majority leader, harry reid, warned colleagues if they don't vote by friday, he may keep them in session until they do. that would mean they would miss at least part of their august vacation. ask your questions. joining us live, transportation secretary, ray lahood and chief business correspondent, ali velshi. mr. secretary, let's start with you. as you can imagine, we have a lot of questions for you today. this was a very popular program as soon as it began. doug johnson said, cash for clunkers is nice for people with old cars. how does this not just cost the rest of us billions to buy the new cars? >> well, look at. the program was truly designed to get gas-guzzling cars off the road and to get feel into more fuel efficient automobiles and to be a life line for the automobile industry. both of those goals have been accomplished. the lion's shares of the cars being bought, the average miles are 25 miles a gallon and the older one thars bei older ones that are being traded in are ones that get much better mileage. those goals have
. majority leader harry reid has announced a final vote on the nomination will have then thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. eastern. wednesday speakers included samet terse mel martinez, kit bond, john cornyn, al franken and a group of women senators. >> senator of minnesota is recognized. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, mr. chairman for those remarks on behalf of judge sonia sotomayor for a very strong nominee. s chairman of the senate judiciary committee i want to thank you and senator sessions for the way you conducted the confirmation hearing, the dignity shown to the nominee in that hearing. i think that was very important to the process. we may not have agreed with the conclusions some of the colleagues reached but no one can argue it was conducted with great dignity. today i will be speaking in support of judge sotomayor's nomination but first i am going to be joined by several of my esteemed fellow women senators including senator shaheen of new hampshire who is here already. senator stabenow of michigan, senator jalabert and from new york and senator murray of washington state. w
on the economy, current events and politics. monday night jillian, chris anderson and harry reid. >> "washington journal" continues. host: now from pittsburgh, suzy madrik. she's coming to us from pittsburgh where they have just concluded next roots nation. the national convention of liberal bloggers and activists. first, suzy, where did you come up with the name "suburban gorilla" how did that happen? guest: when i was a newspaper editor and columnist, i wrote a column for an area in pennsylvania. it is considered the republican counterpart to the democratic regime. i liked the idea, it was suburban and guerilla. they weren't used to people taking pops at them. host: tell us about next roots nation and what is going on up there the past week. guest: i skip most of the panels because this is an opportunity for me to meet and talk with and network with these people. the online colleagues i'm in contact with throughout the rest of the year. there are all kinds of great panels for people who aren't bloggers, all kinds of information about how to be effective some your community, how to get things d
the people but actually leaders and the house from man to pose a to harry reid and things leaders have said about bush and not once but did bush ever complain or said anything about his opposition. the fact that had a shoe thrown at him, and posts like huffington post and moveon.org -- i wish people would get away from the name calling on all of the stuff altogether which blind and kind of distracts us from the issue at hand which is the issue that is being debated now, cap-and-trade, whether it is health care, or whatever. stop being so emotional about political things, whether it is barack obama or the republicans, we should not take glee in uplifting a mere man. it is about the greatness of this country and the things we need to do to help and continue to make this country the greatest nation in the world. host: the word is out from scotland. you know there was going to be a decision as to whether or not the lockerbie bombing would be free on compassionate grounds because he has prostate cancer. the associated press just ran this, scotland's justice minister has freed the terminally ill
yesterday? guest: i think he was bought on. we have harry reid collins protesters going to these town halls evil mongers. nancy pelosi is saying that they are using nazi-like tactics to silence people. meanwhile, what we reported on, if you go to craigslist can you type in obama and reform, in most cities, you will find seiu, and acorn, and other organizations asking for your help. i guess you have to be subsidized by george soros to be a real activist. host: this is another one, a twitter from a viewer -- guest: nancy pelosi has talked about it. barney frank has been up front with it. what the democrats are doing is not actually legislating in, but there are appointing people to the sec that will start to do this again. we are already seeing, setting local standards and community panels that local radio and tv stations have to be responsible to. this is a way to bring pressure on media outlets to get them to not their views than generally liberal activists do not like. host: delray beach, florida. good morning. caller: i was wondering, when i heard nancy pelosi call people nazis -- and i a
to produce a bipartisan deal for the question is, what happens if they don't get that deal? harry reid is downplaying the talk but charles schumer, another democratic leader, suggested earlier this week that this is clearly on the table. i think it is something we will be talking about a lot when congress gets back. host: congressional update for the next 25 minutes or so with manu raju of the "political." the numbers are on the screen. our first call comes from souter -- citrus heights, california. randy online for republicans. caller: good morning, great job as usual. my comment this morning -- i am reading from paul krug in today in my local newspaper and i heard from bill mahr last night that the only reason that americans are angry right now that these well-pressed white americans that showed that these meetings are angry is because they are racist. that seems to be the default position for this administration. if someone does not agree with the policies, they are obviously racist. people have legitimate concerns about this. they are spending way too much money, they don't know ho
as well. two, it has to become a priority for our united states senate, and for harry reid, he has got to begin to work with not simply republicans, they are not going to vote for these democrats, but for democrats, the moderate democrats who are afraid ever standing up and voting for good, progressive judges. he has to approach those moderate democrats. he's got to butt recess those democrats. we have to give those democrats, and we know who they are, confidence in standing up for good judges. we need to ensure that the senators on the senate judiciary committee step up to the plate as well. now we know that justice sotomayor was a little bit tim id at those hearings -- timid at those hearings, but she had a job to do, and that was to get confirmed. the senators on those panels have to articulate, as everyone has said, a very broad vision of why judges are important, why courts are important, and why we need strong progressives on these courts. so we have all -- we all have our bit to do. i am confident that people listening will do our job, and we have to ensure that at the end of ei
. not just the people but leaders in nancy pelosi to harry reid and not once did bush say anything or anything about his opposition. the fact that he had a shoe thrown at him and posts like the "huffington post" and other media took glee on them. i wish people would get away from these the name-calling and all come together which blinds and kind of distracts us from the issue at hand which is the issue hayes been debated. whether it's cap-and-trade, or whatever. top being emotional about political figures. whether it's barack obama or it's a republican, we should not take glee in uplifting a mere man. it's about the greatness of this country and the things that we need to do to help in continuing to make this country the greatest nation in the world. thank you. >> well, the word is out from scotland. you knew that there was going to be a decision about whether or not the lockerbie bomber would be freed on compassionate grounds because he got terminal prostate cancer. the associated press runned this this, sco 's justice minister has freed t terminal ill lockerbie bomb on compassion
. >> the spokesman for samet majority leader harry reid said that one of the intent to -- their hope is that it will be a bipartisan health care reform effort, they will get health care reform accomplished by any legislative means necessary. and i'm wondering if you could walk cost through -- obviously people in the white house have been talking to each other, strategizing about different ways that this can be done. first of all, could you comment on today's wall street journal story about the discussions about possibly splitting up the bill? but also, what are the thoughts -- obviously we all know that your intention is that it be a bipartisan bill but beyond that what are you planning for? >> i said this this morning. i have -- i read the story in the journal. i tried to get guidance from people. i have not been able to because many people get that from our are on vacation. we will try to get you better guidance on that in terms of splitting up bills. >> if you could give robert the numbers. [laughter] >> i mean jonathan story also had in their the president was going to meet with
? >> the spokesman for the senate majority leader, harry reid, said that while they intend that it will be a bipartisan health care reform, they will get health care reform accomplished by any legislative means necessary. i am wondering if you could walk us through what people in the white house have been talking about and strategizing about different ways that this can be done. could you comment on the story today about the discussions about possible splitting up the bill and also, what are the thoughts? we all know that your intention is that it be a bipartisan bill. beyond that, what are you waiting for? >> i read the story in "the washington journal per-ñrq." many people are on vacation so we will give you better guidance in terms of splitting of the bills. it also said the president would meet with advisers next week on this. unless that is a meeting that includes a golf course, -- >> that was supposed to be on the budget. >> maybe johnson can clear up for both of us. >> are you going to take questions? >> it sounds like he needs to. let me discuss a little bit. obvio
concerned about it and i know that harry reid is concerned about it, as well. he and i have talked about that. they are in recess until after labor day, if i am not mistaken. i am talking about the united states senate. obviously, the longer they are in recess and taking up regular business in washington, without our having two voices, the greater my concern is for it is that what you're getting at? >> why can't they come back this week? >> i think he should ask the legislative leaders about that. my understanding in talking with the senate president and the speaker is that they are moving this as quickly as they can. they have to and they owe to their membership to consult with their members and they have been trying to do that. >> [inaudible] >> i have heard from senator kerry who is on board with this proposal and shares these concerns. >> did the president's big about this? >> no, no. >> [inaudible] >> i am a democrat. i believe in democratic values. i believe in the values that senator kennedy reflected and worked so hard for, caring about being the voice of the voice less, trying t
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